I hope everyone’s Easter weekend was filled with joy! Ours was busy (as usual) but we got to spend time with some great friends who we don’t see often enough. We will have our family Easter celebration this coming weekend in order to fit everyone’s schedules and to work in the time to tear down an old barn on the property while everyone is here.
We’re nearing the end of our Meet & Greet series! The rabbits are a quick and easy one so I’m going to do them first and save the poultry till last 🙂
GiGi decided last summer to add rabbits to our meat producing animals and she settled on the Champagne D’Argent breed since it’s a traditional meat rabbit. The rabbits live on one side of the chicken coop with the sheep and to be perfectly frank, they’re so quiet and calm that I often forget about them until feeding time. It’s strange to have an animal that doesn’t run around and make noise all day long!
GiGi bought three males (bucks) and three females (does) last summer and plans to breed them to supply ourselves with offspring to butcher. We’ve had one successful breeding so far from which we have three babies (kits)- two females and a male. The kits are born totally black and they gradually gain the silver fur that’s distinctive for their breed. You can see they’re almost through the process in the most recent pictures (at the bottom of the collage) and all they have left of the black is their ears.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks around the farm and a difficult couple of weeks for me personally so I’ve been under the radar for a while. Things are getting back to normal, though, and I HOPE we’ve finally rounded the corner onto the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
The goat kids are getting bigger every day and yesterday we had a nice (if a bit blustery) afternoon so we decided to let the mamas and the babies out into the pasture to run around, get some fresh air, and get acquainted with the rest of the herd.
The alpaca were all unsure about these little things that didn’t appear to be chickens or ducks, but they looked too small to be goats 🙂 The donkeys were convinced they were little dogs and thus need to be chased away. But the mamas and the babies had fun running around in the sunshine… especially Pippa and Rocky (above) who took the opportunity to stretch their legs very seriously. Pippa had Rocky running all over the place and climbing the mountains of hay and muck! (more…)
Busy times here at GiPop Acres! We had three more boys born to sisters Pippa and Poppy in the last two days. Both does decided to wait until the wee hours of the morning so they could give birth alone. GiGi was up checking on them throughout the past couple nights and they both waited until after she checked at 2:30 in the morning to decide to go into labor… so that by the time she was back down at 5:15, there were already little wet kids hanging out next to their mamas. Needless to say we’re all pretty pooped… which is why these little guys look none too pleased about me taking pictures of them while they’re trying to nap 🙂
GiGi and I were planning on boiling some maple sap to get our syrup started this afternoon. We planned on letting Bailey and Duncan hang out in the yard with us while we did it so I went to close the driveway gate to keep Duncan contained while GiGi started the fire for the sap. When I got down near the barn, though, I heard a goat bleating that didn’t sound normal. I popped in the barn with the expecting does to find Princess laying on the ground crying loudly. When I checked her behind (expecting to find a little blood and mucous) I found two little hooves and a nose peeking out!